It's been a while since I posted anything, and I wanted to take a few moments to explain why. Back in April I was in a car accident while attending Adepticon, and as a result I was unable to participate in a tournament I had spent the last five months preparing for. Time painting and assembling different miniatures, many of which appeared here on my blog. Since then I've been having a difficult time painting, and I wasn't feeling the same joy or passion that I used to experience. Well earlier this week I attended court to testify against the person who hit my car. While there I learned enough things about him to know that justice would be served. Even though it doesn't undo the damage or the financial strain I walked away with a sense of closure.
So how does that affect my painting and this blog? How about a renewed sense of vigor as I revive The Babylon Project:
I sat down and started painting some Babylon 5 miniatures that had been lying around and staring at me for almost a year. Six Raiders that I knew would be a quick session, and I was right.
For the first time in months I felt that old flame burn true once again. As much as I love spending time breathing life into intricate models I also enjoy sitting down and knocking out a handful of minis in one sitting. The Babylon Project was a fun diversion, and I plan to continue it with painted models here and there. Nothing but good clean fun where I attempt to paint up models from a different faction each month. Except that this time I'm just going to paint what I have, and if I get through a lot or a little it won't matter. Painting should be fun, and I have returned to that point where it is.
So how about a little walkthrough? Let's use the Earth Alliance Hermes-Class Transport.
This is my experiment to try and get the look of the Earth Alliance ships down. In the series they have a grey base with blue trim. The hard part was determining if the, "grey," on the ships was actual grey or if it was metal.
I went with grey as it would be easier to add trim and weapons in metal. My first choice was a bit darker. You can see where I started to drybrush on a lighter grey over the rear, and the original basecoat on the front half.
This is where I mixed in a grey that was pretty close to white, and while it was closer I think my next attempt will be a bit of the darker grey mixed in with the lighter.
One thing I've started to do is a wash followed by drybrushing afterwards in an attempt to help bring out the plating on the ships.
When all was said and done everything looked a little bland. I went looking for a pic of the ship, and while I could have sworn that I saw this ship on the show itself there was no real pic to be found. I ended up deciding to add some blue, metallic, and a light grey to help spruce things up. For now though I'm calling this complete. My next project is the iconic Babylon 5 station itself. I'm pretty excited about it and look forward to the post as I have known exactly what I'm going to write for it since I started the project.